For the centerpieces at my reception, I knew what I wanted before I even knew whom I was going to marry: cake stands. The problem was, when it came down to it, I didn't have $20 per table to blow on a cake stand. So I took the easy and cheap route. I made them. These worked perfectly for my reception, plus I sold them afterwards to another bride! You could make them in any color, for any occasion. I chose a cream-colored spray paint to match the cute dollar store plates. Here's what you'll need:
vases or stemware
adhesive for ceramics/glass
Here's how I accumulated my supplies: I went to the dollar store and bought up about 13 of one really cute style of plates. That's $1 per plate, folks, at the Dollar Tree. Then I went to thrift stores and picked up bases. You could really use anything, but I needed tall ones, so I bought vases for around $.25-$1 a piece. The whole cake plate then cost around $2, not including the glue or paint. Wow! Then I matched my plate to a Krylon (the best brand, in my opinion) spray paint color at Walmart (that's the cheapest place I found it), glossy finish, for ceramics. It was around $4 for the can. I found the adhesive at Ace, but they probably had it at Walmart, too. I can't remember how much it was, but it wasn't terribly expensive, and you don't need to use a ton, so it lasts.
At home, I first spray painted all the bases on the lawn outside my building. Then felt a little tipsy. Hahaha. After they were dry (a few hours), I checked for any missed spots, then affixed the base to the plate with the glue. Be sure it's in the center! I didn't care if the glue was globby, because it was the underside. I let it set for at least a day. Then ta-da, the cake plate was complete!
ANYONE can do this. On a dime. :) And it's customizable, too!
This is the photographer's shot of one of the centerpieces (in case you're wondering-- un-frosted brownies from Publix, about $7 a piece, and then powdered sugar doily stenciling for table numbers... Thanks Sarah and Jeremy! :) )
See it in the background? These are the favors.
My uglier photo for when I was planning the tables. But it works. Not the prettiest base of all the ones I had. Also, note the little votive holder? DIY mercury glass... that DIY is coming!